Nidec ASI is continuing to expand its presence in Europe, announcing it is to provide battery energy storage system (BESS) solutions for a project in Northern Ireland, UK, that is being developed by SUSI Partners.
Part of the Energy & Infrastructure Division of the Nidec Group, the company has been commissioned to act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the 50MW site. Additionally, German renewable energy developer ABO Wind acting as general contractor.
The project will involve the development and installation of a BESS consisting of 13 units. Once operational, the plant will be played into Ireland’s capacity market, providing grid services for EIRGrid and SONI to reduce congestion.
“The fact that SUSI Partners and ABO Wind chose us as a partner is further proof of the excellent results we have achieved to date in the battery energy storage sector, particularly the exceptional performance of our products which we continue to demonstrate in the field," said Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions.
“We are also proud of the research and development work undertaken in recent years to improve energy production prediction for wind farms, even more difficult than with photovoltaic systems, thus increasing the certainty of the amount of energy produced and sold while significantly reducing the risk of electricity grid blackouts. Thanks to this work and the specific skills developed, we have contributed to perfecting the energy management system for the wind sector, reaching levels of excellence and helping our customers to maximize the profitability of their plants.”
This newest project follows Nidec ASI being chosen as EPC for Gore Street’s 49.9MW Ferrymuir and 79.9MW Stony battery storage sites in March.
Globally, the company now has approximately 1GWh of BESS solutions, including sites in Italy, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland and the Maldives.
SUSI Partners is also looking to expand its position in the UK energy storage sector, announcing the acquisition of a 150MW portfolio of battery storage projects together with its partner Eelpower – with whom it signed a joint venture agreement targeting a 1GW BESS portfolio in January 2021 – in October.